Above and Beyond is a 1952 American war film about Lt. Col. Paul W. Tibbets, Jr., the pilot of the aircraft that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima in August 1945.
It stars Robert Taylor as Tibbets and features a love story with Eleanor Parker as his wife. James Whitmore plays security officer Major Bill Uanna. The story of the dropping of the atomic bomb is treated as a docudrama with an effort to recreate the training and operational aspects of the military units involved in the Hiroshima mission.
Col. Paul W. Tibbets, Jr. ( Robert Taylor ) is assigned to a dangerous mission in testing a new bomber, the Boeing B-29 Superfortress. The perilous assignment has caused his wife Lucy (Eleanor Parker) to worry for his life and whether their marriage can survive the constant separations.
Robert Taylor as Colonel[Note 3]Paul W. Tibbets, 509th Composite Group Commanding Officer and pilot of the Enola Gay
Eleanor Parker as Lucy Tibbets
James Whitmore as Major Bill Uanna (Security Officer, Operation Silverplate)
Larry Keating as Major General Vernon C. Brent (fictional stand-in for Maj Gen Uzal Girard Ent)
Larry Gates as Captain William "Deak"' Parsons, USN
Marilyn Erskine as Marge Bratton
Stephen Dunne as Major Harry Bratton, (fictional) co-pilot during B-29 tests
Robert Burton as Brigadier General Samuel E. Roberts (Tibbets' fictional CO in Africa)
Hayden Rorke as Dr. Norman Ramsey
Lawrence Dobkin as Dr. Van Dyke (as Larry Dobkin)
Jim Backus as Major General Curtis E. LeMay
Christopher Olsen as Paul Tibbets Jr. (son) (as Christie Olsen)
Sidney and Ernest Sittig as Baby Tibbets (son)